Many have dream of taking the stick of an aircraft, but I bet not many have ever dream of flying a paper airplane. That’s probably the craziest dream, which needless to say, is an impossibility. However, with PowerUp FPV Live Streaming Paper Airplane Drone, you can take flight on a paper airplane, well, almost. Don’t worry. There’s no big-ass, life-size paper plane to fold here. It’s just a regular size paper plane you’d fold on any day, slapped on a PowerUp FPV module that will give your handcrafted paper airplane flight capability – courtesy of two motor modules, and a live video streaming video camera that will provide you with the first-person feel of flying. So, yeah, you’d be like on a paper airplane without actually getting on one.
Well, you can always make a life-size paper plane and try flying it, but our bet is, PowerUp FPV Live Streaming Paper Airplane Drone is a way safer way to experience piloting a paper airplane. PowerUp FPV is capable of making 20 miles an hour (about 32 kph) and thanks to its partnership with Parrot, the onboard camera can stream live, first-person video from over 300 feet (around 91 meters) via WiFi. Best of all, it works with head-mounted display and the companion app for an immersive flying experience. Control, when using head-mounted display, is by tilting your head, or if you prefer, you can use the in-app gamepad for a more conventional control.
Thanks to the inbuilt AutoPilot Assist, PowerUp FPV-equipped paper airplane should be easy to flight and almost uncrashable. Almost cos’ shit can happen. The module is of carbon fiber and nylon construction and is kept juiced with a hot swappable battery that gives it up to 10 minutes of continuous flight time in between charges. In the event of a crash, the motors will shut down to prevent further damage and the module will only fire up after launch. As for the onboard camera, it is rotatable, though manually, which you can adjust preflight and it boasts a super wide angle lens, records video at 30 fps with audio and can capture still images too.
If the prospect of an immersive paper airplane flying excites you, then you may want to consider joining over 1,000 folks on Kickstarter who have backed the campaign thus far. Prices start at $159. With such an exciting product, there’s no need to worry about funding. PowerUp FPV has 57 more days on the calendar, but the campaign is already nearly 200 percent funded. So, the product is a go and if you backed it, you can expect delivery sometime in summer 2016. Before you take the plunge, we would recommend you check out the very interesting product pitch video below.